Monday 22 September 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Mostly dry with sunny spells this evening but cloud is increasing from the west and northwest with some rain or drizzle later. Southwesterly winds will be light to moderate.

Tonight's Weather
Tonight rain and drizzle in the west and northwest will slowly move across the country, but rainfall amounts will be small and the southeast may stay dry. Lowest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees. Southwesterly winds fall light.

today's weather Tomorrow
It will be a cloudy start tomorrow with patchy drizzle or light rain over parts of Munster and Leinster which will clear eastwards with brighter, drier weather following from the west. However, towards evening a band of persistent rain will affect the west and northwest. Top temperatures will be 15 to 17 degrees in light to moderate west to southwest winds.

3 Day Outlook

The rest of the week will be very mild and mostly dry.

Apart from a little drizzle or light rain in the north and west of the country, Tuesday night will be dry and mild.

Wednesday will be a mostly cloudy but dry day apart from an isolated shower near west and north coasts. Any sunny breaks will be short and limited to the midlands, south and east. Southwest winds will be light.

Little change for Thursday; staying mostly dry but cloudy. Very mild again with temperatures in the mid to high teens and light southwest winds.

While a little light rain is possible in the north and west during Friday, the weather will remain mostly dry and settled going into next weekend with light winds and well above normal temperatures.

Irish Water Safety - Stay within your depth when swimming in open water
Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to stay within their depth when swimming in open water during this current spell of hot weather, following an analysis of the thirteen drownings in last year's heat wave.

  • Swim at Lifeguarded waterways - www.iws.ie/bathing-areas-page.html
  • If there is no Lifeguarded waterway nearby then swim at a recognized, traditional bathing area
  • Swim within your depth - stay within your depth
  • Use local knowledge to determine local hazards and safest areas to swim
  • Ensure that ringbuoys are present
  • Make sure that the edges are shallow shelving so that you can safely and easily enter and exit the water
  • Only drink alcohol after your aquatic activity has ended. Stay Away From The Edge after you consume alcohol
  • Never bring inflatable toys or floating killers to beaches, lakes or rivers

The majority of drownings, 62%, occur inland where river and lake beds can be difficult to see and therefore extremely difficult to determine if you are swimming within your depth. The onset of cramp, combined with the panicked realisation that you are out of your depth can have tragic consequences and be compounded further by the muscle cooling effect of longer periods in open water. Bear in mind that in a recent analysis on drowning over the last 25 years we discovered that 32% of drowning victims had consumed alcohol so stay away from water when you have been drinking.

  • Shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore. This may orientate them just enough
  • Reach out with a long object such a branch or a piece of clothing but do not enter the water yourself
  • Throw a ringbuoy or any floating object and call 112 for the coast guard